There are now an estimated 8,764 active COVID-19 cases in Utah, according to the health department. The rolling seven-day average number of positive cases per day is now at 394, according to the health department. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "people over people" method is now 7.7%. The positive test rate per day for that time period calculated with the "test over test" method is now 3.8%.
There are now 148 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in Utah, including 59 in intensive care, state data shows. About 72% of all intensive care unit beds in Utah are now occupied, including 74% of ICU beds in the state's 16 referral hospitals, state data shows. About 54% of non-ICU hospital beds are now occupied in Utah.
A total of 1,768,246 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, up from 1,738,003 Tuesday. A total of 1,136,477 Utahns have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 714,923 are now fully vaccinated, state data shows.
A total of 2,005,910 vaccine doses have now been delivered to the state; the first time that's been reported over 2 million.
The new numbers indicate a 0.1% increase in positive cases since Tuesday. Of the 2,463,704 people tested for COVID-19 in Utah so far, 15.9% have tested positive for COVID-19. The number of total tests conducted since the beginning of the pandemic in Utah has now increased to 4,414,970, up 19,832 since Tuesday. Of those, 8,155 were tests of people who hadn't previously been tested for COVID-19.
Wednesday's totals give Utah 391,177 total confirmed cases, with 15,838 total hospitalizations and 2,161 total deaths from the disease. An estimated 380,252 Utah COVID-19 cases are now considered recovered.
Utah's pandemic "endgame" bill, formally known as HB294, requires all state and local health orders related to COVID-19 to end on the day that Utah reaches the threshold in three key metrics: the state's 14-day case rate is less than 191 per 100,000 people, the seven-day average of COVID-19 intensive care unit usage is under 15%, and 1,633,000 prime doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been allocated to Utah.
As of Wednesday, Utah meets that threshold in the first two metrics. The 14-day case rate is 173.4 cases per 100,000 people, and the seven-day COVID-19 ICU average is now 10.1%.
A total of 1,133,775 prime doses have been allocated to the state so far. The state is expected to cross the 1,633,000 prime dose threshold by the middle of May, according to health officials. Prime doses refer to the first dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, as well as the sole dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox is scheduled to provide a COVID-19 update during his monthly news conference with PBS Utah at 10 a.m. Thursday.
More information about Utah's health guidance levels is available at coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels.
Information is from the Utah Department of Health and coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts. For more information on how the Utah Department of Health compiles and reports COVID-19 data, visit coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts and scroll down to the "Data Notes" section at the bottom of the page.